KC is home to a new ABA team called the Stars

The Kansas City Stars, a new franchise in the American Basketball Association, announced Wednesday that it will begin play this fall with 15 home games scheduled for Municipal Auditorium.

The Stars will be operated by Fame Sports and Entertainment and are not affiliated with the Kansas City Knights, which ceased operations in 2005. David Francis, one of the club’s three managing partners, said the club hopes to pattern its marketing efforts after the T-Bones independent league baseball team in Wyandotte County. “The T-Bones have shown a great model,” Francis said. “They always present family fun and entertainment. Our tickets will average right at $15 with the highest being $25. We believe we can boost the economy, and our location at Municipal Auditorium will be right across from the Power & Light District. The Stars’ 30-game regular-season schedule will begin with the season opener on Nov. 27 against St. Louis and conclude on Feb. 23 at Dallas. The team’s head coach is Rodney Perry, and Francis said the roster will consist of players released by the NBA and supplemented by players from area colleges.